When it comes to peripheral arterial disease (PAD), you can never be too cautious, which is why it’s important to schedule your PAD screening today. PAD affects more than eight million Americans. This condition is commonly known as the hardening of arteries and restricts blood flow from your arteries to your legs. Since PAD has serious effects, it is highly recommended that you get screened if you’re exhibiting any common symptoms. Today, we’re going to look at four reasons why you should consider a PAD screening.
The symptoms can be severe.
People who suffer from PAD can tell you, it’s not a condition that is taken lightly. Painful cramps, leg numbness, burning or aching in feet or toes, leg sores and other uncomfortable symptoms are all an effect of PAD. Screening for this condition will help you to be proactive and hopefully prevent and reduce your risk of PAD.
You can get ahead of PAD.
If you go to a screening and you find that you do have PAD, your doctor can help you come up with a plan to relieve some of the symptoms. Early treatment of PAD is more effective than later treatment. Studies have shown that early treatment helps patients to live longer, live healthier, or have a better quality of life.
It is simple and non-invasive.
Screening for PAD is simple and does not require extensive testing and is non-invasive. A simple ultrasound screens your legs and arms and measures the systolic blood pressure in your limbs. The screening does not take much time and also measures your aorta and carotid arteries and arterial pressures.
It can be cost efficient.
Some health care clinics can charge up to $150 for a PAD screening! At Advanced Vascular Surgery we only charge enough to cover the cost of the procedure. When you visit us, your PAD screening is free for non-Medicare patients and only $25 for Medicare patients (fee is due to Medicare regulations). Take control of your health and you can take control of your life. Call us to schedule a PAD screening today!